With new updates and the new releases of the Microsoft Windows Operating System versions, there have been a good amount of newly introduced application pieces which the Microsoft giant has introduced so that the users can utilize them.
All of them are quite good and useful, but sometimes, the users do not require the applications in order to work everything out and yet the applications cannot be uninstalled. The same happens when the user wants to uninstall the Microsoft Edge application. There had been a lot of promises made by the Microsoft company over the Internet Explorer but it seems that some users do not get the hang of it and some remain unimpressed. This application does not feel like it will remain in the competition with the Google Chrome browser as well as the Firefox browser. This is the reason we will guide you into uninstalling this application in case you do not want to use it.
The worst part is there is no way you can stop the Microsoft Edge services directly and there is no way you can disable that service using the normal methods which an average users uses. We have introduced several fixes for this problem. Sometimes, a user does not prefer one way but another seems more concrete so make sure that you go through each and every fix in order to find the one fix which you find useful
There have been instances where the users have cause irreversible damage to their systems. The damage is caused by the misconfiguration of certain files which are important to the operating system. Make sure you create a system restore point so that your system will be recoverable and you can go all out on all the fixes which are mentioned below.
How to Uninstall Microsoft Edge Browser on Windows 10
Fix 1: Using Control Panel
You can change the browsing application in your Windows 10 Operating System to go around the problem and avoid the web application files. What this will do is the Microsoft Edge browser will not open up on its own unless you are manually opening it up. This is not a hardcore solution to the problem but most of the people do not mind keeping the browser in their computer so here we go. Make sure that you have installed your preferred browser (we recommend Google Chrome or Firefox) and then follow the steps which we have tailored below:
- Press the Start + I key combinations in order to open up the settings menu.
- Click on the label which says ‘default apps/ default applications’.
- Now there will be an application named Microsoft Edge under the list of the default applications which you see.
- You can now choose the web browser which you prefer in order to set it as the default preference and not open up the Microsoft Edge browser whenever you try and open up the applications which require the web.
- Make sure that you restart your computer in order to apply all the changes which are made by the above steps.
- If you do not reboot the computer, the default browser effect might not be system wide and you might face the edge browser issues.
Fix 2: Renaming
Sometimes, all you need to do is to change the original path to something else in order to completely stop the application from starting. The default path is predefined in a static manner and does not change when we change the path because of the non dynamic properties.
- Press the Start + R buttons in order to open up the run dialog.
- Type in the directory C:\Windows\SystemApps and press the enter button.
- You will be able to find a folder named Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe. Right click on that folder and open up the properties.
- Enable the option to make the file read only and apply the changes.
- Rename that folder and this should now disable the Edge as the default browser.
- Inside the folder, find the files named MicrosoftEdge.exe and MicrosoftEdgeCP.exe and change the .exe to .anything
- In case you are not able to rename those files, press the start + x keys in order to open up the command prompt using administrator privileges.
- Input this command and make sure to hit the enter key after doing so:
takeown /f C:\Windows\SystemApps\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
icacls C:\Windows\SystemApps\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe /grant administrators:f
- You should now be able to rename the files successfully and this will disable the Microsoft Edge browser in Windows 10.
We have mentioned the safest and the best methods which you can try in order to disable the Microsoft Edge browser in Windows 10. Make sure that you follow each and every step under each and every fix mentioned here. We hope that this article helps you get around the problem. Good luck.